Complete coverage of The Players Championship
May 9, 2010
Mell: The Razor's Edge
Winning Titles, Shedding Titles
Notes: Wayward Westwood; Goydos' gaffe
Shag Bag: Funk wants a better goodbye
Tim Clark wins The Players Championship
TIger Tracks: Love knows Tiger's pain
Shag Bag: TPC showing its teeth
Tiger Tracks: Early signs
Shag Bag: Island hole looking meaner
Hoggard: Another dramatic turn in the Tiger Woods camp
Woods withdraws from The Players citing injury
Tiger Tracks: Woods out at The Players
May 8, 2010
PGA Tour - Notes: Young golf fan talks trash to Tiger
Shag Bag - Mother's Day plan
PGA Tour - Can Woods ever be the same on the course?
Shag Bag - Golf can be hard...but better than kidney stones
Shag Bag - The Pepper Curse
PGA Tour - Westwood maintains slim lead at The Players
Tiger Tracks - Woods needs more reps
Shag Bag - Safe at 17
Tiger Tracks - Woods fades at TPC
Shag Bag - Lefty: 'One more low round...'
Shag Bag - College football Saturday
Shag Bag - Lefty makes birdies from the straw
Tiger Tracks - Woods still sporadic in Round 3
Shag Bag - Mickelson on a tear in Round 3
Shag Bag - Merrick’s late move
May 7, 2010
PGA Tour - Players critical of Players' greens
Tiger Tracks - Verplank gets Rd. 3 call
Shag Bag - Another Mother’s Day miss
Hoggard - Cut Line: Sawgrass Stew
Shag Bag - The tougher, the better for Phil
Lerner - In Shape and In Stitches
PGA Tour - Golf fan Tasered, arrested at TPC Sawgrass
Shag Bag - Lefty's late-round dance
PGA Tour - Woods: 'Got to keep plodding along’
Shag Bag - No thrills from Phil
Shag Bag - Officials play it safe on 18th green
Tiger Tracks - Good luck orb
Shag Bag - A united kingdom
Shag Bag - The hole story
Tiger Tracks - Woods makes cut, feels better about game
PGA Tour - Kim to miss two majors, hoping to make Ryder Cup
Tiger Tracks - Just good advertisement
Shag Bag - Driver nearly wrecks eighth green
Shag Bag - Rita honored
Shag Bag - Moore style and substance
Tiger Tracks - Tiger under par through 9
Shag Bag - Magic on Poulter's mind at No. 17
Tiger Tracks - Not how Dye drew it up
Tiger Tracks - Early expectations
May 6, 2010
Shag Bag: The fascinating world of Bubba
Shag Bag: Weekley working his way back
Mell: Let's All Take a Deep Breath
Notes: Singh loosens up; Lucky shot of the day
Holmes, Allenby share lead at Sawgrass
Tiger Tracks: Woods likes where he's headed at The Players
Tiger Tracks: Harmon weighs in on Woods' woes
Shag Bag: Owen all wet at No. 17
Tiger Tracks: Woods still struggling off the tee
Shag Bag: Mickelson high on Dustin Johnson's game
Tiger Tracks: Woods in comfort zone
Shag Bag: Good vibes for Aussie Scott
Tiger Tracks: Tiger hits the range
Shag Bag: Sizing up the 17th
Shag Bag: Young Gun style excites peers
Tiger Tracks: Poulter measures up against Tiger today
Shag Bag: Hot weather, not so hot starts
Shag Bag: Longer isn't always better
Shag Bag: At The Players, let's bring fun back
Shag Bag: Prugh tames Nos. 16 and 17
Shag Bag: Mickelson off to solid Players start
May 5, 2010
Shag Bag: Greek mythology ... Sawgrass style
Perez: Scrutiny suffocating Woods
Notes: Sutton recalls classic battle with Tiger
Shag Bag: Paddy hopes to change May doldrums
Tiger Tracks: Haney vs. Miller on Tiger
Tiger Tracks: Perez: Tiger's found a fix
Hoggard: 'Fun Zone'
Shag Bag: Rory's birthday bash
Shag Bag: Poulter's knee ready for Woods' pairing
Shag Bag: Dustin Johnson looks to step up with Harmon's help
Shag Bag: Poulter's virtual skills help him at The Players
Shag Bag: Couples WDs from The Players
Shag Bag: A real caddie challenge
Shag Bag: I don't do fifth major debates
Tiger Tracks: Williams takes caddie challenge
May 4, 2010
Scott can relate to current youth movement
Mell: The Road Gets Tougher
Shag Bag: Phil: 'I need him for me to play my best'
Shag Bag: McIlroy enjoying the embrace at The Players
Shag Bag: Furyk delivers the honest truth
Tiger Tracks: Woods says Haney's still his coach
Tiger Tracks: Tiger's take on his game
Fantasy Island: The Players
Shag Bag: Kim withdraws from The Players
Mell: Bunker Shots: Youth Served
May 3, 2010
TPC Sawgrass finally in perfect condition
Golf Guy's Sawgrass Showdown
Shag Bag: Stricker WDs from The Players
Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore
SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.
Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.
Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.
With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.
''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''
Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.
''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.
Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.
Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.
He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.
He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.
Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.
"I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''
Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.
It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.
Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.
Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.
“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”
The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.
“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”
Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.
Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.
Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.
''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''
It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.
''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''
Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.
''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''
After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.
''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''
He's making his first start in the event.
''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.
Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.
''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''
Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.
''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.
The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.
''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''
Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.
''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.
Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.
Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.
Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.
John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.